By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – Former Super Eagles player, Emeka Ezeugo led a protest demanding the resignation of Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick over his illegal stay in office and incompetence on Sunday at the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja during the arrival of the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino.
The Fifa president and the secretary general landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 4:30pm from Switzerland ahead of his two-day working visit to the country.
Immediately, the FIFA President, secretary general Fatma Samoura, Fifa executive assistants Mattias Grafstrom and Veron Mosengo-Omba who were also part of Infantino’s entourage, headed to the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja where they met Ezeugo and his team of protesters in front of the hotel.
At least 10 protesters, including leader Ezeogu, were found displaying placards outside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel during the arrival of the Fifa president, NFF and other FA presidents.
On the placards were written “Infantino – Nigerian football is in shambles”, ‘Amaju Must Go’ and ‘President Buhari Save Nigeria Football’ among others.
The protest became necessary due to poor performances of the Nigerian teams under Pinnick’s two-year watch as NFF boss.
Meanwhile, Infantino’s visit is his first official appearance in Africa since he was elected as the new FIFA president on February 29, replacing Sepp Blatter. He will also meet with federation heads of several other African countries during the trip.